Bachlitzanaki’s sculptures – embellished ceramic copies of the porcelain parts employed by Greece’s electricity supply company, a totemic structure where these forms are modified and reformulated, manipulated motifs that derive from the tradition of local wood carving, ornamental shapes and patterns combined with objects from the fields of industry and mass production – all operate as autonomous works while establishing a firm foothold in different territories. Their ambiguous nature as copies and representations of original objects problematizes issues of identity. The paradoxical origins of the various references at play call for the viewer to engage with the works drawing on their own past experiences of the objects’ established function and conventional use and, at the same time, to approach them as the respective parts of a single installation extending across the space of the gallery. The show’s title stems from these characteristics of the works, which emerge from their interrelationship.
The exhibition as a whole raises questions of value, furthering the dialectic between skill, artistic dexterity and corresponding artistic value, while challenging the boundaries between fine art and craft, the handmade and the readymade, the single artefact and serial copies.
The text accompanying the exhibition is by artist Vasilis Zografos.